1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill

1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill

The 1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill occurred when two

  • Photographs of the spill at SmugMug
  • 40th anniversary blog at the International Bird Rescue Research (founded at the time of the spill)
  • "The early bird gets the oily bird", a first hand account of the volunteer bird cleaning efforts at FoundSF
  • PRBO Conservation Science originating in the spill
  • PBS film of work constructing oil barriers at Bolinas Lagoon during the spill

External links

  1. ^ "After 30 years, tankers safer but spills still a threat". The Associated Press. 19 January 2001. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Jay Holcomb (18 January 2011). "International Bird Rescue – Every Bird Matters» Blog Archive » Remembering the 1971 San Francisco Bay oil spill". Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Nels Johnson (9 November 2007). "Marin's biggest oil-dumping nightmare came in 1971".  


See also

The resulting environmental destruction from the spill, specifically the avian population, prompted volunteers to rescue some 4,300 birds. At this time, knowledge on how to care for birds in such health was low. As a result and despite efforts, only 300 or so animals were ever deemed fit to be released. The remnants of this volunteer force eventually resulted in the creation of the International Bird Rescue in an endeavor to increase knowledge and research in bird rescue.[2] One of the largest volunteer turnouts since the 1906 San Francisco earthquake came of this event.[3]

Inception of International Bird Rescue and volunteerism


  • Inception of International Bird Rescue and volunteerism 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4